Four days of fuel consumption with stops in Winnipeg, Regina and several
other remote outposts certainly delivered a clear view of Canada's vast
agricultural and wilderness bounty.
On Thursday the Festival of India Truck and van pulled in to a truck stop
center in the city of Calgary and by pre-dawn Friday we entered to area of
Millennium Park. That day was spent erecting a horseshoe shaped layout of
exhibit and concessional tents centered around a generous seating area
facing the wide stage platform.
Mighty winds blew through the site in the course of the evening but by
Arriving in Toronto, we pulled up beside the solid stone church built in
1896 (the year of Srila Prabhupada's appearance) there we camped for a
couple of days before departing for center Island with a rental pick up
truck to assist in conveying each item of FOI equipment across the impasse of
the bridge that separates the passenger ferry landing from the open areas of
Three days of intense labor had us ' ahead of schedule'
Saturday morning most of the crew joined the parade marching / dancing/
chanting down Younge street in flawlessly sunny conditions.
Thursday, travel filled every hour of the day until we reached Montrealâ€™s Sri
Sri Radha Manohara temple.
Next morning after a simple breakfast, we headed for Jean-Mance Parc to set up
a beautiful circle of canopies complete with signs in French. Again the
weather supplied no major trouble so by night fall everything had been
Ratha Yatra day began cool but soon gorgeous sunshine blessed the city and
itâ€™s most exalted resident- the Lord of the Universe Lord Jagannatha
enjoyed the company of His devotees to His full satisfaction as did anyone
Washington, DC In dependence Day Parade and Festival of India:
The typically hot and humid summer climate was especially mild and agreeable
this yea in the DC area.
The set up was smooth and efficient; the festival attracted a steady flow
by the thousands to enter the transcendental atmosphere. Long lines at the
Free Feast and at the Delicious Snacks booths were clear indications of
So many books were being distributed not only at the exhibit tents such as
Changing Bodies and Bhagavad-Gita but also by individual book distributors.
A three day repose had us back in FOI HQ, Sandy Ridgeâ€™s own Prabhupada Village.
Jagannatha Puri Dhama Prabhu, who has been with FOI since the summer of â€™03 was scheduled to be tested for a CDL (commercial driverâ€™s license) on the Thursday we needed to depart in order to be in Chicago. The pressure was on! By the grace of Lord Sri Krsna, Jagannatha Prabhu passed the complex and difficult test without difficulty, other than being admittedly, â€œvery nervousâ€. Hare Krishna!
New Rama Reti (Alachua, Florida)
2007 Kuli Mela
Tuesday evening June 12th, FOI and vehicles, safely situated in New Rama Reti Dhama. The order of the week: to facilitate the KULI MELA (A festival conducted by vaisnava-devotee- youth).
Great numbers of â€œkulisâ€ reside in the Alachua area and they certainly place their best feet forward in organizing and maintaining a proper program of festivities. (Read on for more)
New York, New York- The Miracle on 5th Avenue
Arriving just in time for the Brooklyn temple Sunday Feast serve out, the Festival of India crew camped at the doorstep of the Sri Sri Radha-Govinda Mandir. Throughout the weeklong stay, FOIâ€™s willing helpers assisted in preparations for the Saturday extravaganza- Ratha-yatra on 5th Avenue and Festival of India in Washington Square Park. On Wednesday evening, the Festival of India Players presented dramatic entertainment in the form of â€œDhrtarastra Quits Homeâ€- a play based on the thirteenth chapter of the First Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam.
The Schermerhorn Street temple buzzed with activities related to the free feast for thousands. With the advice and approval of Mother Satya and Ramabhadra prabhus and
the final arrangements conducted by His Holiness Romapada Swami, we were set to go.
May 18, 2007 6A.M., the roar of the Festival of India tractor and trailer broke the silence of the chill morning air as Madhuha Prabhu and his crew departed Prabhupada Village Sandy Ridge, North Carolina.
Madhuhaâ€™s co-driver, Jagannatha Puri Dhama Dasa was behind the wheel as Prabhupada Villageâ€™s best boys crowded the bunks. The crew included Vrndavana, Janardana, and Madhuha Prabhuâ€™s second son, Ramananda. With only brief stops to switch drivers, we arrived in Potomac, Marylandâ€™s New Hastinapura Dhama just in time to witness the noon arotik and accept delicious prasadam. This Washington temple has engaged FOI twice per year for a long time. On the Fourth of July for the Independence Day extravaganza on the D.C. mall and in the autumn, FOI returns to set-up on the temple grounds for the Victory Celebration of Lord Ramacandra.
Hare Krsna everyone,
I just received these flyers for the 2007 New York and Cleveland Ratha- yatras, so I figured I'd share them with you. I'll post more as they come in. If you click on them, you can see the full size image.
more information at festivalofindianyc.com
more information can be found at The Hare Krishna Youth Ministry's Bus Tour Website